Seven majors at the Terry College of Business ranked by U.S. News and World Report

Terry’s undergraduate program ranked top 15 among public B-schools for fifth straight year

David Dodson | Sep. 13, 2021

In its annual survey, U.S. News & World Report ranked a total of seven academic majors at the Terry College of Business among the top 20 public business schools in their respective fields. It was the most business majors at Terry to be ranked by U.S. News in a single year, led by risk management and insurance at No. 1 in the nation.

Collectively, Terry’s undergraduate program ranked No. 23 overall and 13th among public business schools in the U.S. It marked the fifth straight year that Terry is ranked among the top 25 undergraduate business programs in the nation and one of the top 15 public business schools by U.S. News.

“This is the first time that we have had every Terry major that is surveyed by U.S. News ranked by them in the same year,” said Dean Benjamin C. Ayers. “To have all seven ranked in the top 20 publics isn’t just a reflection of what we are known for nationally. It makes a very strong statement about the academic reputation that spans the Terry College of Business and the tremendous opportunities available to our students.”

Terry’s Risk Management and Insurance program once again led all insurance programs in the country, ranked No. 1 overall. It’s the second straight year and the fourth time since 2014 that Terry’s insurance program has been judged to have the best reputation in the country by U.S. News.

Additionally, the Real Estate program earned a No. 5 ranking among U.S. public business schools, Management Information Systems rose one spot to No. 9 among publics and the J.M. Tull School of Accounting also ranked 9th among publics in its field.

The Finance program, ranked No. 13 among public business schools, received its highest U.S. News ranking in nearly a decade. Marketing was ranked in the top 20 for the third time in four years by U.S. News, at No. 16 among publics. And the Management program achieved a top 20 ranking, at No. 18 among publics.

The Economics Department, which is housed at Terry and offers two undergraduate degree options — a Bachelor of Business Administration or a Bachelor of Arts in economics — is categorized with the social sciences by U.S. News and is not ranked at the undergraduate level by the college guide.

The annual ranking of undergraduate business programs by U.S. News & World Report is based on a reputational survey of deans and senior faculty at peer institutions accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Less than 5 percent of the more than 16,000 schools granting business degrees worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation.

The University of Georgia also earned a top 20 spot in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of America’s best public universitiesUGA is ranked No. 16 with the University of Illinois and the University of Wisconsin, marking the sixth consecutive year that UGA has placed in the top 20.

UGA is one of two institutions — along with the Georgia Institute of Technology — to make the top 20 from the state of Georgia. In addition, UGA and the University of Florida are the only two institutions from the Southeastern Conference to be ranked in the top 20. UGA is also ranked as one of the top 25 best colleges for veterans.

Individual rankings can fluctuate from year to year, but the university’s academic excellence can also be measured by other factors. The most recent data from UGA’s Career Outcomes Survey shows that 91% of UGA students are employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation. In addition, the newly renamed Jere W. Morehead Honors College continues to produce a record number of academic scholars including Rhodes, Fulbright and Goldwater award winners.


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